Fightful Select has shared new details on the firing of CM Punk from AEW, which was announced on Saturday afternoon.
AEW and Tony Khan announced that Punk was fired and his contract was terminated with immediate effect, just hours before Collision.
On the potential of CM Punk returning to WWE, the report states that Punk still has “major heat” with some of the top names in the company.
Punk was asked to leave WWE RAW in Chicago, IL earlier this year when he showed up at the venue and briefly visited backstage while he was under contract with All Elite Wrestling.
Most WWE sources didn’t believe Punk would be fired from AEW, and there have been no real expectations or plans of him going to WWE either.
While Punk’s AEW contract has been terminated with immediate effect, thus far it’s unknown if there’s a non-compete attached or a severance period.
The report also shares details on the alleged interaction between Punk and Miro at AEW All In 2023.
Punk and Miro reportedly talked backstage and said things in jest. Punk was genuinely confused by the story making the rounds online.
Earlier this week, both wrestlers discussed the rumor and laughed about the story that the two had issues and a confrontation backstage.
Punk and Miro reportedly had a good relationship, and the former AEW World Champion reportedly pushed for Miro to be on Collision.
Punk was also expected to headline tonight’s AEW All Out 2023 pay-per-view event in Chicago, facing Ricky Starks in a Strap Match. However, Punk got suspended due to his backstage altercation with Jack Perry at Wembley Stadium this past weekend, and Bryan Danielson was announced as Starks’ opponent on the latest edition of AEW Collision. Danielson’s return was reportedly kept secret before the announcement.
There are said to be ongoing discussions between AEW and Warner Bros. Discovery regarding the direction of AEW Collision programming following Punk’s firing.
In addition, security at United Center reportedly confiscated CM Punk signboards before the start of Saturday’s Collision.
While no progress was made between Punk working with The Elite, the Second City Saint reportedly informed people backstage that he wanted to sit with the group and work something out. A meeting was planned for last week in Atlanta, GA, but The Elite cancelled at the last minute after the recent backstage drama involving CM Punk and others.
Speaking of Jack Perry, he is not scheduled to work All Out 2023. The former FTW Champion was suspended by AEW for his altercation with Punk at All In London this past Sunday. As of this writing, he remains suspended and hasn’t been fired.
For those who continue to suspect that CM Punk’s firing is a work, that is simply not the case. Multiple AEW sources have confirmed that the termination is 100% legitimate and it just wasn’t worth the hassle to keep Punk around with his attitude issues.